Nikkei hits new 4-1/2-year high, logs 4th weekly gain

Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:15am EDT

TOKYO, March 15 (Reuters) - The Nikkei share average closed
at a fresh 4-1/2-year high on Friday on growing expectations the
central bank will ease monetary policy aggressively under its
new leadership.
    The Nikkei advanced 1.5 percent to 12,560.95, the
highest level since early September 2008. For the week, the
index gained 2.3 percent, logging the fourth straight weekly
gain.
    The broader TOPIX gained 1.3 percent to 1051.65 in
moderate trade.
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